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NBA: Last-place Kings take Thunder out of lead

AP, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

The Sacramento Kings pulled off a stunning upset on Thursday by beating Oklahoma City 106-101, dropping the Thunder out of the NBA lead.

Tyreke Evans scored 22 points, while DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and nine rebounds for Sacramento, who are in last place in the Pacific Division.

Sacramento scored their last nine points on free throws.

Russell Westbrook scored 33 points for Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City, who fell behind Chicago for the overall lead.

The Thunder squandered an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter, committing six of their 23 turnovers in the period.

LAKERS 88, CELTICS 87, OT

In Boston, Pau Gasol blocked Ray Allen’s putback attempt at the buzzer in overtime as Los Angeles held on to beat old rivals Boston.

Kobe Bryant had 27 points, while Gasol finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who had lost six of seven on the road going into the game.

Allen scored 22 points for the Celtics, who had won five in a row. However, Kevin Garnett was six-for-23 from the field and Paul Pierce was seven-for-18, including a clean-look jump shot at the end of overtime.

It rimmed out and Allen tried to push the rebound in, but Gasol got his fingertips on it and it floated away as the buzzer sounded.

ROCKETS 96, SUNS 89

In Phoenix, Arizona, Houston made it three straight wins by downing Phoenix.

Luis Scola scored 16 points and Patrick Patterson added 14 for the Rockets, who had a 57-13 edge in scoring from bench players.

Channing Frye scored a season-high 21 points for the Suns, whose own three-game streak was ended.

WARRIORS 109, NUGGETS 101

In Denver, Colorado, Stephen Curry scored a season-best 36 points as Golden State handed fading Denver their fifth straight loss.

The Nuggets are on their longest skid for five years, and have also lost five in a row at home.

Klay Thompson added 19 points for the Warriors.

Arron Afflalo led the Nuggets with 26 points.

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